CARBON HILL, Ala., (WIAT) — Outrage broke out after Carbon Hill city leaders refused to address the mayor’s controversial comments at a council meeting Monday evening that lasted 15 minutes. Dozens turned out for the first meeting since Mayor Mark Chambers’ social media comments about killing members of the LGBTQ community. Chambers and council left the room abruptly as spectators demanded answers on comments Chambers made about the LGBTQ community.
Neither the mayor nor the council talked about the national controversy in Monday night’s short meeting.
Since no one on the council mentioned the comments made by the mayor, several people say they’re disappointed in all the council people who are representing their city, not just the mayor.
“We’re not here to talk about the internet. We’re not here to talk about tires on the fire truck. We are here to talk about what the mayor said and what the council was willing to do,” says Champagne Griten with Hometown Action.
The grassroots organization works on issues dealing with racial, economic, and gender justice.
Griten says the group has been circulating a petition that has nearly 700 signatures. Griten says she provided city councilors with the petition and demanded that Mayor Chambers resigns and passes that council pass a non-discrimination ordinance.
The next meeting will be held in July.